Saturday, November 27, 2010

Magic

Not to be all cheesy or sappy on you here- but Oprah really did say it best.

When wrapping up her final "Favorite Things" show, Oprah said

"It's about knowing that something really magical and joyful and wonderful can happen to you when you least expect it."

I find this to be SO true. That's one of the main reasons I love giving gifts AND receiving them :-)

I love giving gifts. I don't just love giving a gift for the heck of it- I love to find the ultimate gift that will bring about the most amount of surprise.

If someone told me over and over and over how badly they wanted a certain item....THAT would not be the gift that I would want to give.  Because they would almost be EXPECTING it.  Not to say there is not value in that gift.....because it would make them happy.  But the element of surprise is, to me, the best part about gift giving.

I'm not a fan of writing out Christmas wish lists for people.  I'm not a fan of hounding someone for something. If I want something THAT badly- I'll save my money and buy it. 

For instance, even after talking with my sister this past week- we BOTH mentioned that even something as small as a diet dr. pepper can light us up.  If we don't ask for it- but yet someone just brings one to us- because they know we LOVE it- THAT is the element of surprise and love in a gift.

A cup of coffee.....a diet dr. pepper....Really, people??? If you  knew you could light someone up with something so small and cheap as a drink for less than $3....wouldn't you do that more often?

Make it a goal this holiday season to find out what the "favorite things' are of those people in your life that you love and are in relationship/community with. Surprise them. It will mean so much more than that pricey item that you purchased out of obligation.


And. To finish out this blog..... Comment on this blog post with one way you will 'give' this holiday season and your name will be entered in a drawing for one of MY favorite things. I mentioned this CD in my last "STAMP!" post.  Dave Barnes new Christmas CD. :-)

Happy GIVING!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thankful

This Thanksgiving was a little bit different as Lisa and Caralyn were not able to come home.  What was awesome?? Mom and Dad still felt that Thanksgiving dinner should still take place even though I was the only one that would be home!  Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, rolls, veggies, pie.....All of the above!  And- I must say- this was probably THE BEST Thanksgiving meal we've ever made.  No joke :-)

The morning started out with the thrilling news of a temperature drop of 55 degrees!!! WOOOO! So happy about that! I nestled in with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Mom and I started the cooking process early on so that we could have all the dishes put together and ready to just be put in the oven when the Turkey was ready....

We ate our meal at around 3pm- then camped out on the couch for the remainder of the evening to watch the ooooh so disappointing Cowboy game.

That's about it for my Thanksgiving.... I know- lame post- just a really random run down of my day- But there you have it! Thanksgiving Day at the Corso home :-)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

STAMP!

It's been a while since I've done a STAMP! post......so here you go!
(if you are unfamiliar with the SOA posts {stamp of approval} you can see the other ones here)
First up- Dave Barnes. I love his music. I was introduced to him my freshman year of college and have seen him in concert probably 6 times or so.  He's amazing.  Reallly.  Trust me on this one.

He just came out with a Christmas album and it has earned the place of item number 1 for this edition of STAMP!
:-)


See!??! Even an awesome album cover. :-) Ahhhh Dave.

Item number 2 on my list is a BOOK!

I picked this book up for work and was so impressed.  The writing, the humor, the tears, it had it all.  The book came out of a tragic accident- but the book has SO MUCH MORE than just the story of the accident.  Mary Beth Chapman came out with a book called "Choosing to SEE" that I read in one sitting.  Seriously. I couldn't put it down.  If you have followed Steven Curtis Chapman and his music for any length of time- this book is a must read.  I love this family ALL THE MORE now having read this book.

Simply moving.  Read it!

Item number 3 on the list is an extremely FUN item!!!! eeeeeee :-)

i love it.

You can find it at Crate and Barrel. It's a set of 2 cookie cutters.  In the shape of a cupcake.

I posted a picture of my cookies that I made the other day in an earlier post. You can check it out :-)

They are only 2.95 and are SO much fun to decorate once the sugar cookies have been cut!

Come on....bring out the baker in yourself! Do it :-)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Numbers

I've been reading in Numbers this week- and first of all- I have to say- I got a new bible on Tuesday!  I'd had my other bible for about 5 years and it was time for a new one! I'd had that one so marked up that I wasn't really able to see new revelation or new insight on a passage in which I'd already marked up.

So. 

In the book of Numbers and as I read in chapter 28 I noticed a phrase that kept popping up.  I made a mental note to go back to that phrase- but once I got to chapter 29- that phrase continued to show up!  In the 2 chapters- it was stated 11 times. 

The phrase being "aroma pleasing to the Lord"

So the Lord was giving Moses commands as to how the people were to offer up sacrifices and all the details that included. With each command- it would talk about the offering being presented to the Lord by fire and how the 'aroma' was pleasing to the Lord. 

After 11 times in 2 chapters- I was intrigued.  What is it about the smell that was so pleasing to the Lord?!?

A verse we are a bit more familiar with is in 2 Corinthians 2:15 in which it says "for we are to God the aroma of Christ- among those who are being saved and those who are being saved."

Now- obviously- the passages in Numbers are in the Old Testament in which burnt offerings still had to be presented....But once Jesus came and died on the cross for us as the ultimate sacrifice- we no longer had to sacrifice a lamb to atone for our sins. The one True Lamb came and covered all sins....past, present, and future.
(I know I'm missing a LOT of explanation here and just barely even skimming all that this entails)

But.  Was thinking about this.

When cooking food- once the HEAT is added- the smell beings to permeate the room.  It beings to circulate. 

When wearing perfume or cologne- if your body HEATS up- the smell becomes stronger and more noticeable. 

Heat brings about a fragrance that in Numbers we find was pleasing to the Lord. 

So now....if WE are to be that aroma of Christ.... we have the ability to release a fragrance that is most pleasing to Him.....

ESPECIALLY when heat is added.  So when walking through a fire- we have the opportunity to release a fragrance that is pleasing to Him....or not so much.

How do you smell today?


(even after having finished typing this up- I realize it might not make much sense and definitely is written by a 26 year old who has no bible school training....so please forgive my ignorance/terrible writing.  Just really struck me as interesting this morning and felt I should share it here.)

Cookies!

I had a little too much fun on Wednesday night :-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Routine

Most of you have known for sometime now that my morning routine involves a 5am wake up alarm- a workout at the gym, getting ready- then planting myself at a local starbucks for an hour or so to enjoy my quiet time with a cup of coffee.

The morning workouts have been part of my routine for about 3 years now- but the Starbucks routine was added into the mix in August of 2009.

Let's be honest. The gym doesn't happen EVERY single morning- but the Starbucks and quiet time have happened every morning since I started back in 2009. And there have been maybe 4 or 5 mornings TOP that I've not had my coffee quiet time. Believe me....once it becomes regular for you- you will notice a difference in your day BIG TIME if you do NOT have it.  And to be even MORE honest with you- the 4 or 5 times that I missed it was because I overslept...forgot to set my alarm...etc. But. Out of those 4 or 5 times- there was only one morning that I made a conscious decision NOT to wake up to have my quiet time. I was kinda upset with the Lord and basically told Him I didn't want to spend time with him that next morning. (I really did voice this out loud to Him- ok, maybe I screamed it. I was so frustrated and felt hurt by Him.) But yeah. The following day- I was so anxious to get meet with Him again- it was all ok.  It's awesome how His Word brings peace and healing to a heart that is hurting. So ALL THAT to say-  for the sake of my co-workers- the sake of my family- the sake of my friends- I can't afford not to have time with Jesus.

The choice to frequent Starbucks was because I knew I needed to get out of my apartment or else I would fall back asleep...I needed to get out. I also was working a job in which I could afford this luxury. (And no, I didn't have a fancy drink every day- I had a $2 coffee!)



So. At the end of September- My bank account was in desperate need for another paycheck (new job, new budget) - so I decided to make coffee at home and see how that would work out.

I must say- this new arrangement has been all the more sweet. I go to the gym- come home, shower- then curl up on the couch for an hour before getting ready.  I start the coffee pot before I get in the shower so that it's ready when I get out- and I now have a specific 'sweet spot' on my couch. 

A few differences in my new routine:

-I get to choose my own background music
-I can drink an entire pot of coffee if I want to
-I can curl up in pj's rather than be in my work clothes
-I have realized I need to buy a lamp for the end table in my living room. Lighting is not the best.
-At 6:40am I hear a neighbor leaving the apartment complex- cause I can hear her heels. every morning.
-If I'm reading something that makes me excited- I have a roommate who is at home and I can share with her!
-It takes less time to blow dry my hair because it's been able to air dry for about 45 minutes on it's own. (this is a BIG deal. I have long hair- and lots of it.)
-I miss seeing my baristas.

....Those are just a few. :-)
And- this concludes a blog post in which most of REALLY don't care about :-) But then again- most of my blog posts are that way.  Meaninglessness that reallllly doesn't matter to most of you.  But you read them nonetheless.  So thanks :-) Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Blessing....

Last week I woke up to a note that had been left in my apartment door. The note read as follows:

Friend:


In an effort to meet a challenge given to me, I am writing this encouragement. The idea is simply to give during this Thanksgiving season. By giving, we are ensuring that everyone has something to be thankful for, and in the giving, we can be thankful of the opportunity to give. It’s pretty cool how that works.

It has been said by many that “you have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” It is my hope that by remaining anonymous (please honor this by avoiding speculation) and by praying the nastiest blessing I can come up with, that such an event will take place.

Be blessed,

A Friend from Church
The note was followed by two additional pages full of blessings and scriptures.

A few of them are as follows:

May God bless all of your efforts and all that you produce so that its reach is long beyond your own. Let the benefits of those efforts be so much so that all of the valleys of the mountains and the caverns of the seas not be able to contain them. (gen. 1:22)

May your name be great, and associated with blessing. Let your blessing be critically contagious so that those who bless you will be blessed, and those that curse you will be cursed. Let the blessings poured out on you affect and infect all people on this earth for generations to come. (gen 12:2-3)

May God remember His promises to you, and bless you where you are while you wait for His banqueting table (gen 26:2-3)

May the Lord bless you and hold onto you oh so tightly so that you can feel the beat of His heart and move with it. May his blessing and pleasure and graces cover you. May His face never turn from you as you enjoy His unimaginable peace (Numbers 6:24-26)

....and it goes on. Lots of them!!!

Amazing, HUH?!?!?!?!

So. If the person that left this reads my blog- I am grateful.  Thank you for your thoughtful and FUN blessing!!! I love it!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

5:30pm

I really do love mornings. I like having accomplished so much by 8am. :-)

But.

I must say.

I LOVE 5:30pm when I come home from work and find packages in the mail with my name on them. :-)

Lisa sent me a 'just because' package yesterday that made November 2, 2010 an AWESOME day :-)


The one about Jaryn

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